Psalm 69:6 To Not Be A Disgrace To Others

Lord, the LORD Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me. Psalm 69:6

Families are often torn apart and shamed by the actions of one person. In some cultures, honor is held at such a high level in the family, that if a child does something wrong, the family will disown the child for life. That child will be considered dead in the eyes of the parents.

There are some cultures that if certain things are done by a family member, it is acceptable to kill that family member because of the extreme disgrace brought onto the family.

Disobedient children in a store often bring shame on the parent, who is attempting to control or calm them down. Parents who are called by the school teacher, are often ashamed of the actions of their child.

David had done some type of great sin right before he had written this psalm. He was asking God that all those who believed in Him, would not be disgraced or shamed because of what he had done wrong. He realized that his sin would reflect on others and have an effect on them.

It is often thought that a person’s own personal sin only affects himself and no one else. The reality is that it can bring disgrace upon other believers. When the world sees one believer sin, then they often  apply that sin to the whole community of believers. They try to say that God is not real and all believers are fake.

Along with not trying to disgrace God by sinning, try not to bring disgrace upon the community of believers by your actions. Live your life in a way that will bring honor to other believers, rather than disgrace.

As you live your life for God, it will bring strength and honor to other believers. It will lift them up as they see you living for God.

Will God or other believers be disgraced or ashamed by what you are saying or doing?

Or will God and other believers be honored with how you are living your life?

I pray today that you will live your life for Jesus; that you will bring honor to God; that you will not bring shame to God’s community of believers; and that you will be a shining light for Jesus in this world.

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2 Timothy 1:7-8 Power With More

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.” 2 Timothy 1:7-8

Many Christians are timid about their belief. Timid is being shy. They do not want to share it openly. Most are scared of what the other person might think, say or do.

In light of being “politically correct,” this is even more true. No one wants to offend anyone else, so they will not say anything. The world thinks that everyone has a right to believe in their own way of living, and one person cannot say that there is only one way.

Jesus, however, stated that He is the only way. God knew that the world would be against Jesus. So He gives all believers His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then gives power.

Everyone loves to have some power. In fact, most people would like to have more power. When they hear the Spirit gives power, they may get excited.

But that power comes also with love and self-discipline. The world loves power also, but without love or self-discipline. It is all about control.

God wants you to share what Jesus has done for everyone you meet with His love. Do not bash a non-believer over the head for his sins, but show God’s love.

In order to show this love and share His message, it takes self-discipline. As a person you still have a part of the world in you that will try to bash the person, or just condemn them. This is power, but it is not love.

God’s power and love can be shown in sharing the gospel message that is relevant to the person and meets them where they are. It shows them who Jesus really is.

Do not be shy in sharing the message of Jesus and share it with power, but remember His love, and keep your self-discipline. Control what you say, and how you say it. Go out in His power and tell everyone about Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not be shy in sharing the message of Jesus; that you will be filled with the love of Jesus; and that God will help you keep self-discipline.

Philippians 1:20 Enough Courage

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20

Paul is often see as a very strong man of God. He always appeared as being bold and absolutely sure of himself in Christ Jesus. While he was this way, he also knew that there was also the possibility of not always serving God in the way he should. Yet, he did not focus on the negative possibility, he chose to expect to not be ashamed of Christ in anyway and that Christ would be lifted up through him.

There are many people who believe in Jesus. They go to church every Sunday and read their Bible and pray on a regular basis, yet, will not speak up to a non-Christian friend or a stranger about Jesus. They are often afraid to stand up against sinful acts that are being encouraged and promoted. There are also many Christians who know that they will fail to speak up about Jesus.

The world does not really care if you believe in Jesus. What they do care about is if you try to get someone else to believe in Jesus. When a person starts speaking about Jesus and His being the only way into heaven, the world gets upset and does not like that type of talk.

Your focus should be one that says you will not be ashamed of Jesus, and then to expect things to happen that way. You must know that God will give you the strength and courage needed to be His witness. You must allow Christ Jesus to be exalted, lifted up, honored in your life. This is in your life whether you live or die. If your death will bring about more people to believe in Jesus, you must be willing to allow it to happen according to God’s will.

Who is most important in your life? Yourself? Or God?

God will give you the courage to be His witness, if you will allow Him to do so. Expect and live in the hope of that courage and strength today.

I pray today that you will focus your life on living for Jesus; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; that Jesus will be exalted in your life; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Get Back To Your Senses

“Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame.” 1 Corinthians 15:34

Paul had just stated a good argument about life after death. He now tells the people to get back to their senses and to stop sinning. They are to stop ignoring God.

As this passage is read, remember who he is talking to. He is speaking to the people in the church. These are believers, followers of Jesus. These are supposed to be the good, holy people of God, servants of God. This is why it is “to their shame” that he makes this statement.

This sinning is not the accidental sudden slip of a single sin. It is the lifestyle of sin. It is the repeating of a sin over and over again and again.

There are people in the church who refuse to give up certain sins. Often they state that it is just something small, or that it is a part of them that they cannot stop. Others will state that it really does not affect them at all. Sin is sin, regardless of how big or small it is. All sin puts a person in danger of death and separation from God.

Do not ignore God’s Holy Spirit trying to guide you into God’s ways. Be willing to turn from all sin. No one, not even the devil, can force you to sin. Doing a sin is a personal choice that you make.

Paul says get to your senses and just stop sinning. If you come to your senses and realize who God is and what Jesus has done for you, it only makes sense that you would choose to just stop sinning. Refuse to give into your personal evil desires that the devil wants you to do.

If you focus on God and doing things for God, you will not have time to think or do any sin. God will keep you busy with His work for you on this earth.

I pray today that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in what sins you are doing; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that you will seek to do only what God wants you to do; and that you will turn away from all sin and temptation to sin.

Romans 6:21 No Benefit

What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! Romans 6:21

Very often believers turn their backs on God to go back into sin for a time. They do not deny God forever, but just for a time in order to do some sinful act.

In this passage, Paul is asking what benefit a person receives from doing this type of action.

Sinful acts bring a short-term “fun” in life. Going out and doing a sinful act may be fun for a moment, but in the end it has a heavy price tag that is no fun…death.

Things may seem fun and beneficial at the moment of doing them. An extreme example is a man who robs the bank. At the moment he is very wealthy and still free. He most likely will be caught by the police eventually and put into jail for a time. Ultimately he will stand before God and be punished for eternity if he does not repent of the sin.

Every person has their sins that they had liked doing at one time. Every sin seems to be good, fun, and worthwhile at the time. Once you become a believer, your past is now your past.

The ways you once sinned should be gone. The temptations to go back to those sins will rise up at times. Other people will attempt to get you to go back into those sins. The devil will try to get you to sin again.

Yet, as Paul says, there is no benefit doing those sinful acts. In the next few verses, he brings out that all sin does is bring about death. The wages of sin are death.

What do you want in life? Do you want a temporary fun time? Or do you want an eternity of fun?

Do you want death? Or do you want life?

Choose life. Choose to turn away from old sinful habits. Choose to be a slave to Jesus and His righteousness. Choose what will have lasting benefits that are worth it.

I pray today that you will see the choices being made in your life that turn you from Jesus; that you will choose to serve Jesus; that you will turn away from old sinful habits; and that you will be a slave to Jesus and His righteousness.

Revelation 16:15 Stay Clothed

“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remain clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Revelation 16:15

God has poured out the vials of wrath upon the earth. Men and demonic spirits are rising up against God to fight Him. The final battle of Armageddon is about to take place.

Every battle that has ever taken place on the earth has one thing in common: neither side lets the other side know when they are about to attack. God is going to be the same way in the end. He will come unexpectedly and strike the enemy.

A thief never attacks while you are watching. He waits until you are asleep and then sneaks in to steal quickly and quietly. In order to catch the thief you have to be awake and watching.

In this verse you are told that blessed is the person who is awake and clothed. Being awake is that you are spiritually awake and watching for the return of Jesus. You are aware of what God is doing or is going to do. You are on the battle front ready for the fight.

Along with being awake you are supposed to be clothed also. There are two things that every believer must be clothed with. First is the righteousness of Jesus. It is the blood of Jesus that has cleansed you and made you holy. All the good deeds you have done has absolutely nothing to do with your righteousness.

The second thing to be clothed with is the armor of God. Each believer is to be clothed with the full armor of God in order to be ready to fight the battle. This battle is not a physical battle, but a spiritual one right now. In the end at the battle of Armageddon it will be a physical and spiritual battle.

If you do not have both of these clothing on you will end up going out naked and be shamefully exposed. You may call yourself a believer in God, but without the righteousness of Jesus, even the demons will not fear you and you will not have the armor to fight the battle.

Today you must keep yourself clothed with the righteousness of Jesus. You must put on the armor of God. Today is a training ground for the future battle. Are you preparing yourself? Are you watching and waiting for His return? Do not allow yourself to be caught not prepared.

I pray today that God will cloth you with His righteousness; that God will help you to remain awake and watching; that you will put on the full armor of God; that you will not be caught ashamed; and that God will strengthen you to be ready for the battles to come.